Celebrities Mourn Maya Angelou's Death On Twitter

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."

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Legendary writer Maya Angelou died today at age 86.

Angelou, an award-winning writer, activist, teacher, and civil rights activist, was found unresponsive in her Winston-Salem, N.C., home.

As news of her death spread, famous friends and admirers took to Twitter to express their thoughts and grieve her loss.

Michelle and I join millions in remembering Maya Angelou, a storyteller whose voice convinced us we all have something to offer. -bo

The White House@WhiteHouse

Michelle and I join millions in remembering Maya Angelou, a storyteller whose voice convinced us we all have something to offer. -bo

1:08 PM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou is my hero. She gave me courage to love myself and others. Her life was a gift to so many.

America Ferrera@AmericaFerrera

Maya Angelou is my hero. She gave me courage to love myself and others. Her life was a gift to so many.

10:34 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou - who was utterly amazing.

J.K. Rowling@jk_rowling

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou - who was utterly amazing.

9:53 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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"I've been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her. She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds."

Maya Angelou was a national treasure. She will be missed but not forgotten. #RIPMayaAngelou

Condoleezza Rice@CondoleezzaRice

Maya Angelou was a national treasure. She will be missed but not forgotten. #RIPMayaAngelou

11:11 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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"Rest in peace phenomenal woman."

Saddened by the news of Maya Angelou's passing. A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world. Her light will be sorely missed.

Pharrell Williams@Pharrell

Saddened by the news of Maya Angelou's passing. A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world. Her light will be sorely missed.

10:53 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." #MayaAngelou : poet, author and activist, dead at 86

Cory Booker@CoryBooker

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." #MayaAngelou : poet, author and activist, dead at 86

10:19 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Thank you, Maya, for your power, your politics, your poetry. We need you more than ever. Rest in peace.

Lena Dunham@lenadunham

Thank you, Maya, for your power, your politics, your poetry. We need you more than ever. Rest in peace.

10:04 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Thank you, Dr. Maya Angelou, for your wonderful words and wisdom. Rest in peace.

Neil Patrick Harris@ActuallyNPH

Thank you, Dr. Maya Angelou, for your wonderful words and wisdom. Rest in peace.

11:22 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The world was a better place because Dr. Maya Angelou was in it. #RIPMaya http://t.co/O4F6460gS3 "

Queen Latifah Show@qlshow

The world was a better place because Dr. Maya Angelou was in it. #RIPMaya http://t.co/O4F6460gS3 "

10:21 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Today the world lost one of it's greatest gifts. I'm sending love to the friends and family of Maya Angelou.

Ellen DeGeneres@TheEllenShow

Today the world lost one of it's greatest gifts. I'm sending love to the friends and family of Maya Angelou.

11:11 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Very sad to hear of the death of Maya Angelou. She was a brilliant writer who used her platform with care and thoughtfulness. Godspeed.

John Green@realjohngreen

Very sad to hear of the death of Maya Angelou. She was a brilliant writer who used her platform with care and thoughtfulness. Godspeed.

11:38 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

To Dr. Maya Angelou...thank you. For everything. #PhenomenalWoman

Uzo Aduba@UzoAduba

To Dr. Maya Angelou...thank you. For everything. #PhenomenalWoman

9:54 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Momentarily took the air out of me hearing you passed over. Then I smiled for you. REST IN GLORY MAYA ANGELOU. Luv!

Nasir Jones@Nas

Momentarily took the air out of me hearing you passed over. Then I smiled for you. REST IN GLORY MAYA ANGELOU. Luv!

10:57 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

RIP to one of the greatest women this world has ever known. Thank you Maya Angelou for all of the gifts and knowledge you gave us...

Russell Simmons@UncleRUSH

RIP to one of the greatest women this world has ever known. Thank you Maya Angelou for all of the gifts and knowledge you gave us...

9:31 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I was thinking about her lately. GOD Bless the Soul of one if my heroes. Dr Maya Angelou

COMMON@common

I was thinking about her lately. GOD Bless the Soul of one if my heroes. Dr Maya Angelou

11:14 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"There is no greater agony than a story left untold." - #MayaAngelou

Rudy Huxtable@ItsNiaMonet

"There is no greater agony than a story left untold." - #MayaAngelou

9:41 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou has been my blueprint, the black woman writer, assuring me through her words that I was worthy of being heard. #ThankYouMaya

Janet Mock@janetmock

Maya Angelou has been my blueprint, the black woman writer, assuring me through her words that I was worthy of being heard. #ThankYouMaya

9:48 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We're saddened by the passing of our friend Maya Angelou. Thank you for all you've done, and for all the hugs.

Sesame Street@sesamestreet

We're saddened by the passing of our friend Maya Angelou. Thank you for all you've done, and for all the hugs.

9:57 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - RIP Maya Angelou

KELENDRIA ROWLAND@KELLYROWLAND

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - RIP Maya Angelou

10:00 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou has passed away. She was a great light in the world. I feel honored to live in a world she influenced and touched so deeply.

Cyndi Lauper@cyndilauper

Maya Angelou has passed away. She was a great light in the world. I feel honored to live in a world she influenced and touched so deeply.

10:13 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

You challenged the dark silence,Your words empowered & inspired, the determined human spirit could defeat all foes "Still I Rise" #RIPMAYA

MC HAMMER@MCHammer

You challenged the dark silence,Your words empowered & inspired, the determined human spirit could defeat all foes "Still I Rise" #RIPMAYA

10:24 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

“Maya Angelou was the quintessential renaissance woman of the 20th century art and human rights movements."... http://t.co/RJTj1jC3St

Reverend Al Sharpton@TheRevAl

“Maya Angelou was the quintessential renaissance woman of the 20th century art and human rights movements."... http://t.co/RJTj1jC3St

10:55 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

She made us feel so safe, safe enough to trust her wisdom! Wisdom one can usually only acquire through experience!

Rihanna@rihanna

She made us feel so safe, safe enough to trust her wisdom! Wisdom one can usually only acquire through experience!

10:51 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Angel. #RIPMayaAngelou The first book I read as a teenager, "I know why the caged bird sings". Felt like we knew her

Rihanna@rihanna

Angel. #RIPMayaAngelou The first book I read as a teenager, "I know why the caged bird sings". Felt like we knew her

10:41 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

“Free Bird,” #MayaAngelou, has �red to claim the sky” 𠉯orever… “trailing wisps of glory.” We will miss her song, “Phenomenally.”

Joe Morton@JOEtheMORTON

“Free Bird,” #MayaAngelou, has �red to claim the sky” 𠉯orever… “trailing wisps of glory.” We will miss her song, “Phenomenally.”

10:37 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou...I am so grateful that you shared your honesty, your talent, and your craft with the world. We have been made better for it.

Jessica Capshaw@JessicaCapshaw

Maya Angelou...I am so grateful that you shared your honesty, your talent, and your craft with the world. We have been made better for it.

10:04 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We will miss you so much Maya Angelou - our comfort, our inspiration, our Mother. Thank you. Video: 'Still I Rise' http://t.co/clHRhnjXfB

mia farrow@MiaFarrow

We will miss you so much Maya Angelou - our comfort, our inspiration, our Mother. Thank you. Video: 'Still I Rise' http://t.co/clHRhnjXfB

11:15 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." -Maya Angelou.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson@jessetyler

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." -Maya Angelou.

10:41 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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"When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I will no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors. I can accept the idea of my own demise, but I am unable to accept the death of anyone else. I find it impossible to let a friend or relative go into that country of no return. Disbelief becomes my close companion, and anger follows in its wake. I answer the heroic question 'Death, where is thy sting? ' with ' it is here in my heart and mind and memories.' Maya Angelou #Rip"

"Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise."—Maya Angelou, a truly phenomenal woman whose words will serve to lift our souls forever.

Nancy Pelosi @NancyPelosi

"Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise."—Maya Angelou, a truly phenomenal woman whose words will serve to lift our souls forever.

9:52 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Rest in peace, Dr. Maya Angelou. The world is better because of your voice.

Bill de Blasio@BilldeBlasio

Rest in peace, Dr. Maya Angelou. The world is better because of your voice.

9:56 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou, whose words changed so much.

Ronan Farrow@RonanFarrow

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou, whose words changed so much.

9:45 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And now we have a Queen Angel, rest Maya Angelou, thank you for your many gifts...

Reggie Miller@ReggieMillerTNT

And now we have a Queen Angel, rest Maya Angelou, thank you for your many gifts...

10:11 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#RIP Maya Angelou, who reminded us "Nothing can dim the light which shines from within"

Arianna Huffington@ariannahuff

#RIP Maya Angelou, who reminded us "Nothing can dim the light which shines from within"

9:47 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou, a true American hero. A woman of uncommon eloquence & strength. The stars are less lonesome now, the caged bird is free.

rose mcgowan@rosemcgowan

Maya Angelou, a true American hero. A woman of uncommon eloquence & strength. The stars are less lonesome now, the caged bird is free.

10:37 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"I've learned that you shouldn't go thru life w/ a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." -Maya Angelou

Ryan Seacrest@RyanSeacrest

"I've learned that you shouldn't go thru life w/ a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." -Maya Angelou

10:21 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#RIPMayaAngelou You were a hero and an inspiration. I will never forget how you made me feel.

Sarah Michelle@RealSMG

#RIPMayaAngelou You were a hero and an inspiration. I will never forget how you made me feel.

9:41 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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"The world has lost a truly remarkable activist, educator and an inspiration to all. Rest In Peace #MayaAngelou"

Sending my condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Maya Angelou!. #RIPMaya

Michelle Williams@RealMichelleW

Sending my condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Maya Angelou!. #RIPMaya

9:30 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou GOD bless you and keep you. We will NEVER forget your inspiring life of overcoming all..... Rest in Peace.....

Maggie Q@MaggieQ

Maya Angelou GOD bless you and keep you. We will NEVER forget your inspiring life of overcoming all.....
Rest in Peace.....

10:24 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Remember this Maya Angelou quote when you're being fake serious today "You don't laugh enough I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh."

Charlamagne Tha God@cthagod

Remember this Maya Angelou quote when you're being fake serious today "You don't laugh enough I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh."

10:09 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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